When I was young I used to spend hours reading. I enjoyed scouring the library and would take home bags full of books. I haven’t done that in years due to time restraints. These days I download books to my Kindle. Amazon is a great place to get all the latest e-books. I love the freedom of reading when I have time, wherever I am.
I have been doing a personal ‘reduce debt’ challenge, so my budget for downloading books has become zero – I was slowly running out of things to read and while having a conversation on Twitter I discovered you can download books for free from your local library. All this time I had no idea that such a service was available.
Auckland Libraries touched base with me on Twitter and told me what I needed to do (this is why I love Twitter – answers at your fingertips). The Social Media Team at Auckland Libraries is very helpful. (@Auckland_Libs)
So the hunt began and I had to search high and low for my library card. I couldn’t find it so headed down to Orewa Library to get a replacement only to discover my card in the jacket I was wearing. The librarian and I had a great giggle at this, as I was very excited to get started.
So I was all ready to go. Firstly you have to download the app called ‘OverDrive’ and then you can put your library card account number in and away you go. It works along the same lines as when you get a book out of the library – you borrow the book for a 21-day period.
It is a great way to read books and good if you can’t get to your local library. While I still love having actual paper books to read, the convenience of having a book at my fingertips is heaven. The range includes audio books and books for children and teens. The audio books are a great way to exercise and learn at the same time!
So give it a try. If you get stuck, jump online or give your local library a bell.